“Ask somebody to love you takes a lot of nerve; ask somebody to love you, you got a lot of nerve” (Paul Simon).
Would you have the nerve to ask someone to love you? That is the quintessential question of the play “Nerve” by Adam Szymkowicz.
“Nerve” takes place in an underground divebar in New York where Elliot and Susan are on their first date after meeting online. Elliot is a serial monogamist while Susan is a constant online dater. Both are desperately searching for a human connection but are afraid of being hurt. Their past relationships seep in along with strange neurosis leading to many surprises in this dark comedy.
The show is produced by Sixth Avenue, a new production company committed to bringing boundary pushing theatrical experiences to Los Angeles. “Nerve” is their first full length production.
Current USC students as well as USC alumni are involved with the project. Adam Silver plays Elliot and Sara Rubley (USCgrad) plays Susan. Thea Rubley (currentUSC student) voices the puppet. Madison Orgill, Tona Elizarraz, Taylor Barry and I are production assistants on the show. Recent USC graduates Sara Nishida and Lauren Leigh Barker are the lighting designer and box office managerrespectively.
Nerve runs Jan 5-28 in the El Centro Theater in Hollywood. The theater is located next to Paramount studios. Tickets are $20 online with $10 student rush tickets before performance (cash only, must show student id). Theater located in a residential area so there is only street parking.
*Article originally posted here